With the Sixers waiting on the result of the Bucks-Celtics series, here's three takeaways from Game 5.
The buzz felt in the Wells Fargo Center crowd during that moment was one of the major factors in getting the crowd riled up to get the Sixers where they needed to be in order to win the ballgame. He played 25 minutes wearing a protective splint and in the game's final minute, he had a key assist to Horford from the bottom of a scrum beneath three Milwaukee players. "They weren't taking it from me".
Terry Rozier added 16 points and five assists for Boston.
Recording a +12, -1, and -9 efficiencies in each of his first three appearances, the Sixers offense has notably stalled out whenever Fultz was inserted into the game, with the most egregious occurrence happening in Game 3, when the Heat launched into a 13-5 run over his four minutes in the game that swiftly the momentum in Miami's favor by cutting the lead to single digits.
Though it was fine to give Fultz playing time down the stretch in the regular season, as the Sixers had already guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs and were certainly playing with house money against lesser teams, every possession in the playoffs holds enormous value, and for that reason it's imperative that the 76ers always have the best five men on the court at any given time.
Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points, Jabari Parker added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had a series-low 16 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists. Middleton scored later and was fouled to get Milwaukee within 84-79, but he failed to complete the three-point play.
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Milwaukee got within 87-84 after a layup by Eric Bledsoe, but the Celtics hit enough free throws the rest of the way to secure the win.
Brown went back to this group in the fourth quarter to steady the ship, again extending the Sixers lead.
The 76ers convincingly took the first round of the series 4-1 and will play the victor between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, who feature Australians Aron Baynes (Celtics), Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavedova (Bucks).
Patty Mills' San Antonio Spurs have been eliminated from the NBA Playoffs by the reigning champion Golden State Warriors.
Assistant Coach Billy Lange was also in attendance.
J.J. Redick was en fuego from downtown, scoring 15 of his 27 points from beyond the arc.
He checked in for the first time late in the first quarter. Manu Ginobili had 10 points and seven assists in what might have been the 16th-year pro's final game at age 40.